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Powers was to prove an additional and powerful instrument of war
for the latter., but even this did not spell finis to the blackmail imposed
so long and so successfully by the Soviets. By means of a continued
fifth column action they were endeavouring to subordinate such terri-
tories as they could occupy without risk of war with their powerful
allies. Meanwhile., within the Russian sphere of influence in Europe,
the strengthening of their position was undertaken with all possible
speed by the sovietisation of those countries, by the destruction of the
independent status of the community., the existing order of life and
by their inclusion in the economic system of the U.S.S.R. Defying
the Atlantic Democracies to intervene in the affairs of that part of the
Western World now behind the " iron curtain/3 the Soviets were at the
same time advancing new territorial demands which covered parts of
the Mediterranean and in effect " cut Britain's throat across Europe."
The Kremlin's continuation of the programme taken over from Hitler
was concealed no longer. Britain, for so long spell-bound by Churchill's
masterful oratory on " our good friend, Russia/' now began to experience
the inconvenience of that country as a close neighbour. Since neither
Britain nor the United States possessed any plan for the future of Europe
and by this time had abandoned all ideas of her unity., the return to
the purely defensive conception of some new version of the Maginot
Line was the sole possibility which remained to the Western World.
In light of the fact that for 400 years Russia has never ceased to develop
territorially and attack her neighbours and is now animated by a new
eruption of imperialism,, it can be stated with impunity that she will
not be deterred by any defence  once she has acquired the suitable
Whatever else is on record, it cannot be denied that the main out-
come of the Second Great War by some strange move of fate was, that
the Atlantic Democracies had apportioned half Europe to the Soviet
World. The descendants of Lincoln agreed to the transfer of one-
third of the peoples of their own race, peoples whose sons had given
so much of their life blood to building up the greatness of the United
States,, those Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, Serbs, Rumanians, Lithuanians,
Estonians^ Lethonians, Austrians and Germans, from the world of
democracy to the world of slavery.
Way back in 1941, when the Government of the United States was
thinking in the terms of the Atlantic Charter, Roosevelt, in the name
of the American people, vowed that " we will not accept a Hitler-domi-
nated world. And we will not accept a world like the post-war of the
I92o's, in which the seeds of Hitlerism can again be planted and allowed
to grow/' But by 1945 the world appeared in a far more sorry state
than in the 1920*8, for the surface where democracy could flourish had
decreased^ and tyranny and slavery were surging in waves over the